Rapid analysis of dynamic umbilical structures during the design phase requires a robust mathematical model of the component stresses due to static and alternating loads. The following discusses the validation of a model, through full scale testing, used to assess the stresses and strains present within steel tubes, in umbilical structures typically used in dynamic service in deep waters, such as found in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore West Coast of Africa. The validation focuses upon the complexity of the mathematical model and the influence of tension magnitude the stick-slip mechanism and the stress variation around the circumference of the tubes when under the influence of bending loads.

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